GEORGIA STATE AT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Line: La.-Lafayette by 16 1/2
WHAT TO EXPECT
Georgia State on offense: The Panthers are averaging 30.2 points and 125.2 rushing yards and a Sun Belt-best 331.5 passing yards per game. The team will likely have a new starting running back in converted cornerback Marcus Caffey, who is in because of injuries and a defection, and a new left guard in Taylor Evans, who missed the first four games because of an injury. Tight end Joel Ruiz, one of quarterback Nick Arbuckle's favorite targets, should return after missing the last game because of a shoulder injury. The Panthers must reduce their turnovers.
Louisiana-Lafayette on offense: The Ragin Cajuns are averaging 22.2 points, 171.5 rushing yards and 201 passing yards per game. The team is led by quarterback Terrance Broadway (56.5 percent), and running backs Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris. The receivers should see the return of Jamal Robinson.
Georgia State on defense: The Panthers are allowing 41 points, 196.5 rushing yards and 255.5 passing yards per game. The unit played its best half of the year in the first two quarters against Washington, before the Huskies took advantage of poor punts and subsequent excellent field position to overrun the Panthers to the tune of 45 points in the last two quarters. The team will have to overcome the loss of outside starting linebacker Mackendy Cheridor, who is out for at least two weeks with a knee injury.
Louisiana-Lafayette on defense: The Cajuns are allowing 36 points, 197.8 rushing yards and a Sun Belt-worst 268.5 passing yards per game. The team has just one turnover – an interception – this season for minus-9 margin. Coach Mark Hudspeth said creating more takeaways is a point of emphasis. The Cajuns have six sacks through four games, so creating pressure has also been a problem.
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